PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Canto I. Psalms of Single Verses
Psalms of Single Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Now he was reborn in this Buddha-age at Sāvatthi, as the son of a councillor, and was named Ātuma. When he was adolescent his mother proposed to find him a wife, and consulted with kinsfolk. But he, being impelled by the fulness of conditions, said: 'What have I to do with house-ways? Now will I leave the world.' But though he went  to the Brethren and was ordained, yet did his mother seek to corrupt his pious wish. Then he declared his inclination in this verse:
 As the new bamboo-stem, even when grown
To its full knotted height, can scarce emerge,
So I by all this bringing home of brides -
Give me your leave! Gone forth e'en now am I.
And even as he stood speaking to his mother, insight grew in him, and casting off the defilements, he became an arahant.
 Kilesā. This is as general a term, especially in the Commentaries, as is, in Christian writings, the word 'sin.' See Bud. Psy., p. 327, n.